Celebrated S.C. athlete signs with Grambling

South Carolina-Greer High dual-threat quarterback Efferlan Williams, the 2008 Greenville County Player of the Year, has signed a national letter of intent to play at Grambling.

Williams also earned first-team honors on the Greenville Touchdown Club All-County Team after running for 1,844 yards and 23 scores while throwing for 734 yards and five touchdowns in 2008. That helped Greer to a 10-2 record last season and the Region III-3A crown.

“Efferlan made a huge impact in regards to our offensive production,” Greer coach Will Young has said. “His ability to throw the ball well and, of course, run the ball made us multi-dimensional.”

Williams’ effort was all the more notable in that it came in so quickly: He transferred from a Maryland school system just last year: “I moved down here, and I didn’t expect to do as well as I did,” Williams said. “The fans, coaches, players, they welcomed me with open arms. It seems like I’ve been here all my life by the way they treated me.”

Williams’ father, Efferlan Williams Sr., said North Carolina A&T, North Greenville and Livingstone were also interested — but that Grambling’s coaches talked to him specifically about remaining under center.

“Efferlan could play a number of positions, but his heart was set on playing quarterback, and we told him we wanted him to be happy and play the position where he wants to play,” Efferlan Sr. said.

Nick’s note, 1:30 p.m. Monday: I removed the video of Efferlan Williams, because there was a problem with the upload to YouTube. It will be replaced if the problem is corrected.

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